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Key Gun Violence Statistics


The Facts That Make Us Act

What’s the impact of gun violence? How many people are shot in the U.S.? How many Americans are injured by guns?

These are important questions to answer. We need reliable gun violence data in order to accurately understand this epidemic – and Brady has the numbers.

Every Day

Children Ages: 1 - 17

21 children and teens (1-17) are shot every day.

  • 4 die from gun violence
  • 2 are murdered
  • 17 children and teens survive gun injuries
  • 8 are injured in an attack
  • 2 children and teens either die from suicide or survive a suicide attempt
  • 8 children and teens are shot instances of family fire - a shooting involving an improperly stored or misused gun found in the home resulting in injury or death

All Ages

310 people are shot every day.

  • 210 survive gun injuries
  • 95 are injured in an attack
  • 61 die from suicide
  • 10 survive a suicide attempt
  • 1 is killed unintentionally
  • 90 are shot unintentionally
  • 1 is killed by legal intervention
  • 4 are shot by legal intervention
  • 1 died but the intent was unknown
  • 12 are shot but the intent was unknown

Every Year

Children Ages: 1 - 17

7,782 children and teens 1-17 are shot every year.

  • 1,488 children and teens die from gun violence
  • 772 are murdered
  • 6,294 children and teens survive gun injuries
  • 2,788 injured in an attack
  • 590 die from suicide
  • 166 survive a suicide attempt
  • 86 are killed unintentionally
  • 2,893 are shot unintentionally
  • 30 die but the intent was unknown
  • 380 are shot but the intent is unknown

All Ages

113,108 people are shot every year.

  • 36,383 people die from gun violence
  • 12,830 are murdered
  • 76,725 people survive gun injuries
  • 34,566 are injured in an attack
  • 22,274 die from suicide
  • 3,554 survive a suicide attempt
  • 496 are killed by legal intervention
  • 1,376 are shot by legal intervention
  • 295 die but the intent was unknown
  • 4,471 are shot but the intent is unknown
  • 509 women are killed by their husband or male dating partner*

*This number is a five-year average derived from Violence Policy Center’s “When Men Murder Women” analysis of FBI homicide data, 2012-16 (the five most recent years available for this).

Brady averaged the five most recent years of complete data from death certificates (2013-17) available via CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System, cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/fatal.html, and three most recent years of complete data from emergency department visits (2013, ‘14, and ‘16) available via the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project’s (HCUP’s) online query system, hcupnet.ahrq.gov.

Emergency department statistics on HCUPnet are from the HCUP Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS), State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD), and State Inpatient Databases (SID). All diagnoses of external cause of injury that patients receive in emergency departments are assigned an International Classification of Diseases (ICD) code. The assignments of specific ICD codes are reflected in the data shown here.